Archive for October, 2009

Armed for Battle: Guitar Picks

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Alright, so everyone always talks about bringing their “Axe” to battle, but what about the other weapons everyone uses?

Picks, straps, and even the strings we use are essential weapons, with many choices. Your pick is, like wrench monkeys (and others) say: “That’s where the rubber meets the road!”. Like tires on a car, your pick is the connection between your skills, and what’s making the sound. So, guitar picks are the focus for this gear post.

I’d love to hear what your weapon of choice is for guitar picks in the comments section! To get things rolling, I use a standard “USA Nylon” medium (0.60mm) pick when I play my Takamine EGS-330SC Acoustic Electric.

What is your favorite guitar pick?

4-Handed Guitar: Awesome Video

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Wow…this is one of those YouTube videos you find that just blow you away.

I’ve been following the CandyRat Records guys, including Antoine Dufour and Tommy Gauthier (not to mention Andy McKee) for a long time now, and Antoine is one of my favorites on the label. He’s typically focused on crazy tunings and a chilled out acoustic rhythm/tapping style, but this quick country diddy barely even made him break a sweat.

JamPlay Coupon Code Released!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Ever go to checkout and buy something online, and see that little box that says “Redeem Coupon Code: “? Maybe this time it was at

Yeah, most the time I see something like that, I go to Google to see if I can find one to save some cash. So, since I found a code that saves 25% on the first month at my #1-rated guitar lessons website, I figured I’d return the favor to all those people that have saved me money over the years, and spread the word. You know, good Karma and all that…

Anyway, if you’re looking for a JamPlay coupon code, enter 86C6CC on checkout to save some dough.

Hope that helps, and that the $4.99 you’ll save is spent on something awesome! Oh yeah, and I’d really appreciate it if you could go through the banner on the right to sign up. If I refer a friend I get a commission, kind of like when someone refers their friend to the apartment complex they’ve been happily living in, and they save some money on rent. Maybe that good Karma will help me out after all…=)

20 Years of Blues Legends

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Buddy Guy’s Legends has celebrated 20 years of incredible Blues musicians, and now that they’ve relocated just down the block (still in Chicago, of course), tickets just went on sale again! It looks like October is stacked with awesome blues already, so I’m looking forward to an awesome 21st year.

With Blues in mind, I decided to do some research and write an article on the history of blues music, and compile a free set of video blues guitar lessons. Enjoy!